Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England 1500-1750 (Hardcover)

Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England 1500-1750 By Anthony Gerbino, Stephen Johnston Cover Image

Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England 1500-1750 (Hardcover)

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The spread of Renaissance culture in England coincided with the birth of the profession of architecture, whose practitioners soon became superior to simple builders in social standing and perceived intellectual prowess. This stimulating book, which focuses in particular on the scientist, mathematician, and architect Sir Christopher Wren, explores the extent to which this new professional identity was based on expertise in the mathematical arts and sciences.

 

Featuring drawings, instruments, paintings, and other examples of the material culture of English architecture, the book discusses the role of mathematics in architectural design and building technology. It begins with architectural drawing in the 16th century, moves to large-scale technical drawing under Henry VIII, considers Inigo Jones and his royal buildings and Christopher Wren and the dome of  St. Paul’s, and concludes with the architectural education of George III.  Interweaving text and visual image, the book investigates the boundaries between art and science in architecture—the most artistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the arts.

 



Exhibition Schedule:

Yale Center for British Art (opens February 2010)

Anthony Gerbino is a senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. Stephen Johnston is Assistant Keeper at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.

Product Details ISBN: 9780300150933
ISBN-10: 0300150938
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: August 25th, 2009
Pages: 192
Language: English